UK bans South America and Portugal travelers for Brazilian corona mutation | NOW

Travelers from a series of South American countries and Portugal will no longer be allowed to enter the United Kingdom from Friday due to a corona virus variant that is prevalent in Brazil. This variant may be more contagious than the known virus.

British transport minister Grant Shapps announced the measures on Twitter via Twitter. The country itself is struggling with a variant that is also more contagious.

Travelers from Portugal, with the exception of truck drivers, are no longer welcome due to that country’s many links with Brazil. In addition to Portugal, this concerns Brazil, Argentina, Bolivia, Cape Verde, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay and Venezuela.

The measure does not apply to people of British and Irish nationality and people with a residence permit in the United Kingdom. They have to remain in isolation for ten days after returning from the countries concerned.

Japanese authorities reported last weekend of the Brazilian variant of the coronavirus, which had been found in four people entering the country from Brazil. According to the Tokyo Ministry of Health, the mutated virus partially resembles the British and South African variants.


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